Welcome to your winter home checklist! Are you ready for the cold months ahead?
Winter comes hand in hand with some intense weather conditions. Snow, ice, rain, wind and thunderstorms can all wreak havoc to your exterior and pipework. So, whether you’re a new or long-term homeowner, here’s some tips on how you can stay cosy and warm in your home this winter.
Make sure you have your boiler serviced
We’re not just saying this because boilers are kind of ‘our thing’ but it’s super important that your boiler is regularly serviced to avoid it breaking down when you need it the most. Not only does having no heating or hot water feel like a total nightmare, it’s also dangerous to your health and can make you ill. Plus, when January blues roll around and everyone’s money is that little bit more tight, you’ll be glad you prepared your home to lessen the risk of an expensive, emergency boiler bill.
Our standard boiler services includes 4 main aspects; cleaning the system, pressure checks, performance checks and safety checks. Combined, these all extend the lifespan of your boiler, keeping you warmer for longer. Discover more about our boiler servicing plans here.
Keep your heating on a timer
Keeping your heating consistent makes sure your heating system runs smoothly. Plus, your house is a comfortable temperature, there’s nothing worse than waking up freezing!
If you’re going away over the winter period, leave your heating on a constant low temperature to stop your pipes from freezing if there is a sudden drop in temperature outside.
Bleed your radiators
Radiators tend to feel cold at the top and hot at the bottom when they havent been used in a while, e.g. over the summer. Unsure how to bleed your radiators? Check out a guide here.
Insulate your exterior pipes with lagging
Pipes are slightly temperamental in cold weather, they need to be looked after! Lagging material is available from most DIY stores and can help to reduce heat loss from the pipes and prevent them bursting due to cold water.
Check your home for draughts
If you’re not feeling heat when your heating system is on, you might have a draughty home. It’s important you identify where draughts are coming from in order to keep your heat in, check all doors and windows for gaps.
Clear debris from your gutters and drains
Make sure everything is in working order by clearing any autumn leaves, stones, moss or other debris from your gutters. Excess build up can cause leakages. If any gutters or drains are cracked or damaged these will need to be replaced in order to prevent further problems.
Hopefully our winter home checklist has given you handy tips on how to prepare your home for winter. Regular boiler servicing is the key to making sure your boiler is in the best condition possible to deal with increased usage over the winter. We hope this isn’t the case, but, if you do find yourself in a sticky situation with boiler and heating problems we’re here to help! We are accredited boiler installers and engineers in Devon, Dorset and Somerset.
If you are looking for some advice on what boiler is best for you or would like a quote for the installation or even a service & safety inspection on your existing boiler then give us a call on 01404 234363. We can guide you through the different types of boilers, what money you could save and the entire installation process.